Listen. There’s something you need to think about before you step up to the squat rack (and no it’s not whether or not you’re going to do curls). Are you about to squat because you want to increase your max back squat? Or are you squatting because you want to be a better olympic lifter. For most CrossFitters it always ends up coming back to the olympic lifts. If this is you then there are two things you need to do every time you squat heavy (as opposed to squatting as part of a metcon):
Every article by Jim Wendler contains multiple nuggets, frequently as tangents on his main theme. The recent T-Nation post on combining his 5/3/1 template with rest pause training is no exception. It included this paragraph on the garage gym:
Having your own strength facility that isn’t bombarded with egomaniacs, manic-depressive owner/managers, poor music selections, and pointless equipment is like winning the lottery. I could go on and on but the fact is, a home gym = freedom.
Even though my garage gym use is relatively low compared to how often I go to my local affiliate I still find it invaluable, especially for strength work.
The ever quotable Jim Wendler left the following tidbit in the comments on a Facebook post:
All people say is “I can’t”. Or why it wont work. Failure follows people around like a bad fart.
Succinct and to the point. Get your head right and start doing something instead of saying why you can’t, or even worse, why someone else can’t. Actually, go ahead and tell me I can’t. I can always use a little extra fuel…
The Facebook thread can be found here.